Stop drinking caffeine late in the day
To get the best sleep, stop eating or drinking things with caffeine at least eight hours before you want to go to bed. That means soda, coffee, energy drinks, tea, and even chocolate.
Start an evening routine
Anything from a nightly cup of (decaf) tea to an evening bath or shower can get your mind and body relaxed and signal that it’s time to start slowing down.
Stop using your bed to watch Netflix
OK, sure, this sounds hard. But when you use your bed for things OTHER than sleep (or sex), your brain stops associating the space with relaxation. So move your binge-watching to the couch and get better shut-eye.
Make your bed easier to make
Making your bed is a great way to start the day (and some say this small habit can change your life), but having too many sheet and blankets and pillows makes this simple task too complicated. Pare down your sleep sanctuary to have only the layers you need to be warm and make it easier on yourself in the a.m.
Prepare your breakfast before you go to sleep
Whether it’s an actual overnight recipe or just prepping ingredients for your morning meal, having breakfast almost or all the way ready will be a welcome treat for your tired self.
Keep a notepad by your bed
Before sleep, make a list of everything you need to remember the next day, ideas you have, and anything else you want to stop from nagging your brain as you power down.
Turn your alarm clock away from you
If you can’t sleep or you wake up in the middle of the night and see a glowing time taunting you, it can make you anxious and less likely to get to sleep.
Turn the lights on as soon as you’re up
This signals to your brain that it’s time to WAKE UP. If you get up before dark but want a more natural light, get one of these clocks that slowly brighten as it approaches alarm time.
Actually make your bed
It’s one way to feel accomplished first thing in the a.m. and it sets the tone for your entire day. Plus, it’s much harder to fall back into a fully made bed.
Do NOT snooze
Whatever you do, don’t go back to sleep once you’re awake. It can restart your sleep cycle and make you feel groggy for hours.